LIVERPOOL – The most focused match among the UEFA Champions League season 2022/23 round of 16 first leg will be performed on 21st February night.
Liverpool and Real Madrid will replay the grand final of last season in this early stage, whether the defending champion or the runner-up will be eliminated in the first qualification round.
The English giant club welcomed the 14 times European champion in the first leg at Anfield stadium, hoping to have a good start to hold an advantage in their second meeting at Bernabeu two weeks after.
The Reds who just hailed two consecutive wins in the Premier League, are glad to see their striker duo Darwin Nunez and Cody Gakpo to score in their 2-0 victory against Newcastle last weekend.
However, statistics suggested that the home team might find themselves difficult to avenge Los Blancos even in England.
Liverpool Vs Madrid: Some Facts
Madrid won five out of the last six battles against Liverpool, including 1-0 victory at Paris in the 2022 final, with the only goal from Vinicius Junior.
However, among the last seven visits to English clubs, the Spanish powerhouse only won once, lost four games and drew twice.
Liverpool recorded five wins in a row in the Champions League group stage this season, only losing to Napoli in the first match.
Jurgen Klopp’s best player Mohamed Salah has scored seven goals in this UCL season, a total of 43, one more goal to equalise the record of best African scorer in European competition, which was held by Didier Drogba.
Real Madrid’s forward Karim Benzema was unable to score in the Champions League for 324 minutes, as well as his last five appearances.
Red Eagles Meet The Serie A Leader
Meanwhile, Eintracht Frankfurt will meet Napoli SSC Napoli tonight at the same time.
The German club is standing in the fifth place of the Bundesliga, expecting a huge challenge against the leading team in the Italian Serie A.
Napoli showed their outstanding performance this season, having a great opportunity to win the domestic league title with a 15 points advantage.
They completed the UCL group stage as first place in Group A, defeated Liverpool 3-0 at home to put the English giant in second place with the same points.
Now, the Blue Squad are ambitious to go further in the European event with top conditions from their players, especially Nigerian striker Victor Osimhen.
Upcoming: City’s Show
On Wednesday night, Manchester City will visit RB Leipzig in the UCL round of 16 first leg, on the journey to their first ever European championship.
The Cities focus on the Champions League more than the domestic league, to prove that they are a top class powerhouse among the continent, not just in Britain.
Inter Milan will face Porto at San Siro at the same time.
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